Fantasy Football 2012: Position Rankings for Week 7

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 17, 2012

Fantasy Football 2012: Position Rankings for Week 7

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    Fair warning: I'm awesome at fantasy football. 

    People know me. I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. 

    OK, confession. Both of those paragraphs were completely untrue, but as the week creeps forward and you must scour the internets for fantasy football rankings and lineup advice for those crucial Week 7 decisions, I'm here for you.

    Like a lonely puppy. 

    Anyways, with six teams on a bye this week and a slew of important injuries, lineup decisions are going to be even more important than usual. Let's take a look how the top fantasy options stack up against each other. 

Quarterbacks

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    1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints 

    Drew Brees is throwing for 344 yards per game (first in the NFL). He has thrown for 14 touchdowns in five games. The Saints throw the ball over 70 percent of the time, most in the NFL, and will have to throw it just as much against the Bucs, owners of one of the most stout running defenses in the league. Tampa Bay also happens to be one of the worst teams against the pass. Also, the Saints can't stop anyone, so a shootout is likely.

    Any of the Top 5 could finish the week at No. 1, but Brees has too much in his favor not to rank him here. 

    2. Eli Manning, New York Giants

    3. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

    4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

    5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

    6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

    7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

    8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

    9. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

    10. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

    11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

    12. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Running Backs

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    1. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

    Despite seeing his yards per carry average drop to 3.8 this season, Foster is still without a doubt an elite option, mostly because he's an absolute workhorse.

    Australian for Beer has carried the ball an insane 149 times through six games, putting him on pace for just under 400 carries and he's Houston's best threat in the red zone (his seven rushing touchdowns lead the league).

    Give him a matchup at home against a Ravens defense that is getting cut up on the ground and is now without Ray Lewis and watch him run absolutely rampant. 

    2. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars

    3. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

    4. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

    5. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

    6. Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

    7. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

    8. Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

    9. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

    10. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    11. Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

    12. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans

    13. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

    14. C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

    15. Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys

    16. Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

    17. Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

    18. Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

    19. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams

    20. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

Wide Receivers

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    1. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

    It's hard to put anyone ahead of Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green at this point, but Cruz, who has been Salsa Dancing all over the league, is certainly deserving. 

    The 25-year-old has already gotten a ridiculous 70 targets from Eli Manning (although that pace is bound to slow a little as Hakeem Nicks' health improves) and he's pulled in 43 of those for 496 yards and six touchdowns. That's a pace for 114 catches, 1,324 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    Woah.

    In Week 7, Cruz gets a tasty matchup against the Washington Redskins, who are allowing 328.3 passing yards per game, which is worst in the NFL.

    Yes, please.

    2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

    3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

    4. Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

    5. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

    6. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

    7. Wes Welker, New England Patriots

    8. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

    9. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

    10. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

    11. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

    12. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    13. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

    14. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

    15. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

    16. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

    17. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

    18. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

    19. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

    20. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers

Tight Ends

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    1. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

    And boom goes the dynamite.

    There's a lot of uncertainty at the tight end position this week. Vernon Davis, who hasn't scored in three weeks, plays the stingy Seahawks. Aaron Hernandez and Jimmy Graham have Stephen Curry-like ankles. Rob Gronkowski is too busy being a bro.

    Enter Daniels, who leads the Texans in receptions and touchdowns, is just one yard behind Andre Johnson and faces a Ravens team that might have to play me at linebacker. 

    2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

    3. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

    4. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

    5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

    6. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

    7. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

    8. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

    9. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

    10. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants

    11. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins

    12. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

Kickers

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    1. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams

    I don't care how many field goals he missed last week. His nicknames are "Greg the Leg," "Legatron" and "Young GZ." He's always my No. 1 kicker. 

    2. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

    3. David Akers, San Francisco 49ers

    4. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

    5. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

    6. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

    7. Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants

    8. Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

    9. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

    10. Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns

Defenses

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    1. Chicago Bears

    The Lions will earn a lot of yards and probably score some points on Monday night, but Matthew Stafford isn't a stranger to turnovers, and the Bears have the most play-making defense in the NFL.

    Whether it be via picks, fumbles, sacks or touchdowns, Chicago's defense will rack up points. 

    2. Minnesota Vikings

    3. Seattle Seahawks

    4. San Francisco 49ers

    5. Green Bay Packers

    6. New England Patriots

    7. Arizona Cardinals

    8. Dallas Cowboys

    9. Houston Texans

    10. Oakland Raiders

    11. Pittsburgh Steelers

    12. New York Giants